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a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years. as we turn the page on a decade of war, he understands that we have got to it harness all elements of american power and ensure that they are working together. >> the president then saying senator kerry's entire life has prepared him for this role. the senator has spent decades on the foreign relations committee and he is currently the chairman of that. he is also a former presidential candidate as you know. and a decorated vietnam veteran who was critical of the war effort when he returned to the u.s. senator kerry's nomination came after susan rice came under recently she was thought to be a frontrunner for the job until her comments on the attacks u.s. consulate in libya triggered strong criticism of her. you may have noticed the current secretary's absence from today's announcement. the president saying secretary clinton still recovering from concussion. wendell goler with the news. with the burden of proofy road once first alert forecast for susan rice now gone, senator kerry expected to easily win confirmation
the right pick? does that make him a defense expert? >> no. he is not a defense expert dave. foreign policy expert. what we need in a very complex world today ratcheted by wars in afghanistan. cyber war. threats from iran, north korea, china, et cetera. and a defense department has more than 3 million people scattered across this world. it's someone that really understands defense. someone that's spent their entire life working the bureaucracy that knows the industrial base that knows soldiers. you know, i have nothing against senator hagel. he is a fine man. i have met him before. i think he is well-intended. but what we need are people like michelle floornoid. ash hammer. we need people who know the systems inside-out. the president needs the best advice in a time of war and time of crisis. we are forcing says questions station. tenuous time for armed forces given all these threats. >> dave: after what john boehner said on friday it looks like sequestration could actually happen. the question is why does the president want chuck hagel. when you look at his background. maybe not a defense
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